Although it was just a rumor it appears that Mercedes-Benz will indeed take on the BMW X6. As expected, the car will be based on the Mercedes-Benz M-Class and the new car will use the same running gear found on its brother. An AMG version is also planned and it will use the same engine found on the ML63 AMG.
Asked why Mercedes-Benz decided to build such as car, an executive said that due to the ample demand but also due to the fact that it involves reduced engineering work and costs. The new crossover will be sold in the United States, China and Europe. Still, Mercedes-Benz is currently chasing BMW into a sub-segment, which is not very big or glamorous.
Still, the BMW X6 is quite popular and this is what Mercedes-Benz wants. Despite its success, other carmakers failed to impress with their X6-styled crossovers, such as Acura with its ZDX or the Honda Crosstour. We shall see if the new Mercedes-Benz MLC will be different when it will hit the dealerships by 2014.